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Revelations Along the Grief Ride

December 5, 2018

The amusement park rides illustrate the trajectory of revelation and power of change. Every ride makes us feel different sensations, from the slow to the chilling speed of the roller coaster to the flowing music as the vibrant horses of the merry-go- round move up and down. The smiles, excitement, and thrill, to the disappointment, […]

Chris Shank: Military Loss: The Ultimate Sacrifice

November 22, 2018

Christopher Shank is a surviving sibling of Cpl. Jeremy Shank, who lost his life in Iraq in September 2006. Christopher is a filmmaker and is currently working for Tragedy Assistance Program for Military Survivors (TAPS) as a Survivor Care Advocate, where he helps support other survivors of military loss.

Zander Sprague: Murder; Finding A Positive Pathway

October 11, 2018

Zander Sprague is the go to speaker and author for Sibling Loss. His mission is to help sibling survivors define their loss and choose a positive pathway. His internationally acclaimed book, Making Lemonade: Choosing A Positive Pathway After Losing Your Sibling has helped people around the world. He also hosts the podcast The Lemonade Stand […]

Episode 147: Who Am I Now?

October 9, 2018

Loss of a sibling especially a twin is a devastating experience as there are many identity issues. On this show Dr. Gloria and Dr. Heidi Horsley discuss with Carolyn Shane who was separated from her twin brother at an early age and Tasha Hepburn whose twin sister died at age four about how they have […]

Episode 145: Babies Don’t Die. Why Mine?

October 5, 2018

On this show Dr. Gloria and Dr. Heidi Horsley discuss with Alison Jacobson CEO/Executive Director of First Candle and Nicole Alston Founder and President of Ok2Grieve how they have dealt with the personal tragedy of infant loss, and gone on to find happiness and success. The show closes with bereaved parent and singer, songwriter Denise […]

Episode 144: Dads and Sons Get Real With Their Grief

September 26, 2018

On this show Dr. Gloria and Dr. Heidi Horsley explore the unique aspects of men and grief with bereaved fathers Babe Muro and Arnie Wendroff along with their bereaved sons Keith Singer and Jason Wendroff-Rawnicki. The show closes with bereaved parent and singer, songwriter Denise Ganulin performing.

Episode 141: Grief Shock; Your Body Is Your Buddy

September 24, 2018

On this show Dr. Gloria and Dr. Heidi Horsley interview Jason Wendroff-Rawnicki, co-founder of Shine Yoga Center and Heather Stang podcast host and author of Mindfulness & Grief on the importance of paying attention to the physical as well as the mental aspects of Grief. A video is shown of Dr. Bessel van der Kolk […]

Multiple Sibling Loss: Interview with Shavaun McGinty

September 3, 2018

At the annual ADEC (Association of Death Education and Counseling), I spoke with Shavaun McGinty, an expert on sibling loss. In the video below I talk to Shavaun about the loss of her three siblings, the effect it has had on her life, and how she went on to find hope after loss. Here are […]

Gabriel Rao: Guys Losing Brother’s

July 12, 2018

Gabriel Rao was called to a life of service after the unexpected death of his brother, Elijah while being deployed to Afghanistan. Gabriel has facilitated group retreats and wilderness expeditions focusing on grief, loss and legacy with the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) and is currently developing their programs for community engagement. https://www.opentohope.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Gabriel-Rao-Guys-Losing-Brother’s.mp3Podcast: Play […]